"The disease is manageable. What's left is shame and stigma." HIV Then and Now Protease Inhibitors entered the drug market in the mid 1990's, changing the face of HIV, the virus that without treatment, eventually results in Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Now considered a chronic … [Read more...] about HIV Chronic Disease Management – Untangling Mental Health Obstacles
Clinical Depression, also known as, Major Depression (mild, moderate, or severe), is a common presenting problem throughout the health care system. It is characterized by feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, difficulty thinking, persistent low mood, sleep disturbance, eating disturbance, and even thoughts of wanting to die. Treatment often takes into account the various biopsychosocial influences when designing an effective treatment plan.
"Seasonal Affective Disorder starts visiting in November. Be Prepared!" Learn about the symptoms associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the best known techniques for mitigating the effects. The insidious nature of SAD means many are never properly diagnosed, thus leaving the … [Read more...] about Seasonal Affective Disorder Getting You Down? Master These Techniques!
"HIV infection is no long a death sentence. With that comes a few complications." HIV Chronic Disease Complications Up until the advent of advanced combination treatments for HIV infection (Protease Inhibitors) in 1996, infected individuals experienced a fast progressing and fatal disease … [Read more...] about Living with HIV and Depression? Let’s Discuss Some Solutions!
"Depression is not your friend...or your enemy." Responding To Vegan Hate (with love) In the first part of our episode on the Finding My Psych Podcast, I respond to a series of comments left for our production team. A listener had spent some time looking around our site and discovered that we … [Read more...] about FMP 010 • Vegan Love and Conquering Depression Using the CHANGES Model (Part Two)
"Get started by mapping your depressive symptoms using a holistic approach." Today's CHANGES Deep Dive In a previous article reviewing 25 tips for improving depression, we provided a brief overview of our go-to holistic approach to care using the CHANGES model. We heard from many of our readers … [Read more...] about FMP 009 • Reversing Clinical Depression with the CHANGES Model (Part One)
"No need to ponder - Sugar is harmful to your mental health." Sugar is Harmful: Summary In the following article, we provide a small body of evidence indicating that sugar is harmful to mental health. The link between depressive symptoms in adults and children is clear. A wider body of … [Read more...] about Five Articles Proving Sugar Is Harmful to Your Mental Health (Depression)
"Depression is not sadness - It's the constant feeling of being numb." What Exactly Is Clinical Depression? Major Depressive Disorder, or, "Clinical Depression," is a common illness causing significant distress in an individual's social, occupational, and/or physical wellbeing. It is more … [Read more...] about 25 Easy to Follow Tips for Battling Clinical Depression (Comprehensive)
"The problem with illicit substances is their efficiency." Problem Statement: The goals of the substance user, compared to others seeking a shift in perceived mood and/or mental state, are the same. The universal nature of this goal normalizes the intention as an improved sense of wellbeing, … [Read more...] about We Are All Looking for an Altered State – Stop Judging Substance Users
"It takes a village to intervene - Failure to do so is abhorrent." Sexual Abuse Prevalence The US Department of Health and Human Services' Children's Bureau, report that 9.2% of all victimized children are sexually assaulted (2010). Furthermore, Dr. David Finkelhor, director of Crimes against … [Read more...] about FMP 004 • Sexual Abuse Trauma – Clinical Insights and Observations
"Depression is anger turned inward." - Freud Definitions Clinical Depression, also known as Major Depression, or Major Depressive Disorder, sits on a continuum of severity ranging from mild to severe. It is important to distinguish this form of depression with grief, a sense of despair caused … [Read more...] about Critical Signs That You Might Be Depressed